Learning From The Hand That Feeds You – A Cooking Lesson For My Son Courtesy of “Dad’s Book of Awesome Recipes”

THM-Dads-Book-of-Awesome-Recipes-CookbookToday’s post comes courtesy of The Hubs aka Tyler.  It has been a while since he’s done a review, so when a copy of Dad’s Book of Awesome Recipes by Mike Adamick arrived on our doorstep, I knew this would be perfect for him – I mean, he is a dad and likes to cook….

So take it away Tyler….

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As a dad with nearly 8 years under my belt, I’ve found that kids are really good doing at least one thing….eating!

Not everything put on their plate, mind you, but their favorites — usually anything involving cheese, peanut butter, or some type of breaded chicken object shaped like a dinosaur, Minion or something similar. My kids love breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, although my son is not to partial to any kind of vegetables. His sister, on the other hand, is game to try anything, at least once.  She even tried daddy’s special hot sauce-infused potato chips. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, kiddo!

Since I think a lot about food, and they think a lot about food, I thought it would probably be a good idea that I move them away from this abstract notion that things to eat magically appear.

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Lost In Laundry? Tide PODS Is #LaundryRedefined

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THM-Tide-Pods-LaundryRedefined-washerLaundry. It’s a simple fact of life that it is ALWAYS there. In my household there is approximately one nanosecond between the time I finish doing all the laundry for the week and either one of the kidlets or The Hubs throwing a piece of clothing into the hamper to be cleaned. It’s a never-ending cycle of wear, wash, dry, fold and iron (as little as possible!).

But I’m going to share with you my dirty little secret….laundry is my favorite household chore. I know, I can hear the gasps of horror from moms nationwide as they read this!

Aside from loving the scent of freshly cleaned laundry, my best guess is that I enjoy the routine of the laundry process.  The sorting and folding has a calming and focusing effect on me. I find that I come up with some of my best ideas and solutions to problems when I’m doing the laundry. Hey, it’s definitely cheaper than going to therapy!

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Kid Lit: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Edition

This month’s Kid Lit column is all about books that teach children the importance of taking care of the environment and learning how their actions directly impact the planet.  These are books that teach kids the basics about the 3 Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle.

THM-Kid-Lit-Recycle-Mickey-Friends-Go-Green-Family-Guide-Sustainable-LifestyleDisney Go Green: A Family Guide to a Sustainable Lifestyle
From Edda USA

Join Mickey and friends in living greener!  This book explains how to create a more sustainable lifestyle in a simple, understandable way by exploring how to reduce, reuse and recycle – and discussing our ecological footprint.  It includes interesting facts and great tips and even features fun activities for families to try at home.

The craft activities show children how to be artistic using items found in nature or by reusing items, to reduce the impact on the planet.  For example, instead of going to the store to buy paint, you can make your own watercolors by boiling plants, vegetable skins and nuts in water to release their natural dyes.Continue reading ⇒

Good, Clean Fun With Firefly® – Kid’s Ready Go Brush Toothbrush & Mouth Rinse Review

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One of my daily struggles with my kidlets is to get them to brush their teeth. To get them to brush their teeth the right way. To get them to brush them long enough. To get them to use mouthwash. I’ve tried just about everything – including trying extreme measures such as ultimatums, bribing with an extra book at bedtime and even taking away some of their precious cartoon/video game time.

THM-Good-Clean-Fun-Firefly-Hello-Kitty-Toothbrush-Mouth-RinseI know how important it is to teach my kidlets the importance of healthy oral care habits. Hurried, insufficient brushing is one of the major causes of early childhood cavities. But lets get real here, my kidlets see brushing their teeth as another tedious chore they have to do – like making their bed, putting their toys away  and clearing their dishes from the table.

I’ve always found that the easiest way to keep my kidlets interested and engaged in doing anything is to make it fun – even like a game.

That’s where Firefly® toothbrushes and mouth rinse comes in. Firefly® understands how important it is for kids to form good habits from an early age and have made their toothbrushes fun to use and encourages kids to brush for a proper amount of time.

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Dial® Kids Foaming Hand Wash And Dial® Baby Body + Hair Wash Review & #Giveaway

Rub-A-Dub-Dub,” my two kids are in the tub.  And do you think they were clean?  No!  They were dirty, stinky and crying because soap kept getting in their eyes and stinging.

So what’s a mom to do in this bathtime nursery rhyme scenario? The answer is simple — find a soap/shampoo that is gentle, hypoallergenic, has no added parabens, no artificial dyes and is pH balanced.

That might sound like it THM-Dial-Kids-Foam-Wash-Baby-Body-Hairmight be a tall order to fill, but Dial® has a few new products that fit the bill perfectly.  Dial has been a trusted personal care brand for 67 years, and is now making it’s entry into the world of baby/child personal care products.

Dial® Baby Body + Hair Wash was developed with pediatric dermatologists and is gentle enough to even use on newborns.  It gently removes dirt and gets rid of germs so your little one is squeaky clean from head to toe.  Now while Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash is said to be for children aged 0-2, I think it works great for my five and seven year old kidlets.  Most soaps tend to dry out their skin, but this soap/shampoo keeps it nice and soft.  It’s fragrance free and I think the best part is that it doesn’t sting when soap accidentally gets into my kidlets eyes.

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Lovable Labels The Ultimate Camp Pack #Giveaway

THM-Lovable-Labels-Ultimate-Camp-Pack-Kids-CanoeMy son’s been going to summer day camp for the past few years and it’s something he looks forward to. I mean, who can blame him, he’s not in school and his days are filled with carefree fun!

Every night during the months of July and August he comes home and excitedly tells us all about his adventures in swimming, sports, cookouts, woodworking, ceramics, photography and go carts. His little sister is always a captive audience. She listens intently, with wide eyes and then sadly laments, “I wish I was old enough for camp!”

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The Belle of the Ball! Disney Cinderella Sparkle Complete Party In A Box From Birthday Express Review #DisneySide

My daughter was truly the belle of the ball when we recently held our #DisneySide playdate party!

THM-Show-Your-Disney-SideThis actually was the third Disney Side playdate party we’ve hosted in the past year. They’ve been a real hit not only with my kidlets and their pals, but their parents as well because Disney truly is multi-generational in its appeal! My daughter and her friends love anything Princesses and of course “Frozen” while my son and his buds are into “Big Hero 6” and us adults, well we all have different favorites ranging from Tinkerbell to “The Little Mermaid” and the main mouse himself, Mickey!

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Kid Lit: Season’s Readings!

Are you ready to start celebrating the ho-ho-holidays?  This month’s Kid Lit post features books about December festivities including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa for children aged 3-10.

A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas
By Philip Yates, illustrated by Sebastia Serra (Sterling)

Young mateys will find plenty of holiday joy in this humorous, colorful and thoroughly piratical version of the “The Night Before Christmas.” On this ship, the mischievous brigands have visions of treasure chests, not sugar plums dancing in their heads.

This ship of pirates don’t expect a visit from old St. Nick, but rather from Sir Peggedy, with his peg leg and hook arm!  Sir Peggedy cracks a whip and drives a team of eight giant seahorses — Salty, Scurvy, Sinbad, Mollie, Cutthroat, Cross-Eyes, Roger and Jolly!

This book by far is my kidlets favorite out of the bunch.  It is filled with rollicking rhymes and sprightly, fun-filled pictures—featuring whimsically multicolored seahorses, stockings hung on the ship’s bowsprit with tar, child-friendly pirates, and, of course, comes complete with a treasure map!Continue reading ⇒

Holiday Gift Picks for Kids – Introducing “Show and Tell With Deb & Lisa” Video Series

I’m so excited to share today’s post with you!

Over the past year I’ve had some wonderful opportunities to check out great toys, books, electronics, gifts, clothes, events and activities at various blogging events which I’ve shared with you here at The Harried Mom. At these events I would always run into my friend Lisa Pisano from Mom A La Mode.

I love hanging out with Lisa. Why?  Because we’re two like-minded blogging moms who love to talk about products and our experiences. We figured if we liked talking about these things together, you might too and we’ve created a new series that we hope you’ll find both informative and entertaining.

So I’m proud to introduce you to “Show and Tell With Deb & Lisa” our new monthly vlog series that gives you the scoop on the latest in toys, trends and fun from two bloggers with an all access-pass to what’s hot and happening!

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For our inaugural episode we’re getting into the holiday spirit with a holiday gift guide for kids. Our picks are focused on items for both boys and girls and ranging in age from pre-K thru elementary school.

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VTech InnoTab Max Review – A Tablet for the Kids!

Disclosure: I was provided with a VTech® InnoTab® MAX in order to facilitate this review.
All opinions are my very own.

My kidlets totally take after me and The Hubs when it comes to trying out new tech products. You should see how excited they get when a new tech toy arrives for them to actually try out! One of their recent favs has been the Kidzoom® Smartwatch from Vtech (which I wrote about here), the two of them have fought over since we got it this summer.

THM-InnoTab-Max-Vtech-Review-TabletSo when the InnoTab MAX showed up on our doorstep earlier this month, they were psyched to finally have their very own tablet device instead of having to borrow mom and dad’s to play on.  It might just be the perfect gift for the tech/gadget loving kid on your holiday list!

The InnoTab MAX by VTech is a multi-media learning tablet for children aged 3-9 that combines educational games and creative activities.

I like that it’s built to grow along with my child.  It combines VTech’s expert-supported library of cartridges, software and apps with carefully selected educational Android apps for fun and educational learning.

This tablet features a large (7 inch) high-resolution touch screen that allows kids to either use their fingers or the included stylus to navigate around.  It has a useful handle for kids to tote the tablet around and comes with a detachable cover/stand which helps makes it durable to tough wear and tear by kids.

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